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Courses offered by the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies are listed under the subject code REES on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses website.

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) coordinates the University's teaching, research, and extracurricular activities related to Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus and administers a one-year interdisciplinary M.A. graduate degree program. Information on the center's degree programs and other activities is available at the CREEES web site. CREEES and its degree programs are directed by the CREEES Steering Committee, composed of faculty members associated with the Center. The program draws on the strengths of nationally recognized area faculty and research affiliates and significant library and archival collections at Stanford.

​​Courses offered by the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies are listed under the subject code REES on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses website. Please be advised, that only a portion of the courses related to the region are listed or cross-listed under the REES subject code. To see the full list of courses related to the region, offered by the departments across the university, , please visit CREEES website

Undergraduate Programs in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

Students interested in a minor should consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures which offers the following relevant minors:

  • Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

  • Russian Language

  • Russian Language, Literature and Culture

  • Russian Culture

Undergraduate Academic Theme House:
At Home Abroad House: Slavic, Francophone and Italian Cultures and Languages

The At Home Abroad House at Yost in Governor’s Corner is an undergraduate residence that houses 61 upperclass students and offers a the opportunity to expand knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the cultures, languages, histories and contemporary societies of Russia, East Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia in a broader comparative and global context. AHA House is a vibrant, diverse community that allows students to explore languages and cultures beyond the English-speaking world through activities including film series, seminars, cooking classes, language tables, resident-led events, off-campus outings and meetings with faculty, artists and scholars from all over the world.

Overseas Studies Programs

Undergraduates interested in the study of languages, history, culture and social organization of the countries of Russia, Eurasia and East Europe may apply to study at the Stanford center in Berlin. Information about this program is available at the Bing Overseas Studies Program web site.

Graduate Programs in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies offers an M.A. in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, a coterminal M.A. in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, and a joint M.A./J.D. in conjunction with the Stanford Law School.

Since the University does not offer a Ph.D. in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, students wishing to pursue a REEES-related doctoral program must apply to one of the departments offering a Ph.D. with an emphasis on Russia, Eurasia, or Eastern Europe, such as the departments of History, Anthropology, Political Science, or Slavic Languages and Literatures.

M.A. Admission

Applicants apply electronically; see the Office of Graduate Admissions website for a link to the electronic application and general information regarding graduate admission. In addition, prospective applicants may consult with the CREEES associate director regarding the application process.

To qualify for admission to the program, the following apply:

  • Applicants must have earned a B.A. or B.S. degree, or the equivalent.

  • At least three years of college-level language study in Russian, an East European or Central Asian language is preferred. Candidates with fewer years of area language study will be considered.

  • A one-page statement of purpose that explains how the program would advance the applicant's academic or career goals.

  • Applicants must include the following additional materials in their online application: a writing sample of no more than 20 pages in English on an academic topic in Russian, East European, or Eurasian studies and a resume of college-level courses taken that are relevant to Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, including language courses, with self-reported final grades. These additional materials should be uploaded as "Additional Materials" in a single file along with the application.

  • Applicants must send official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended to CREEES.

  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.

  • Applicants whose native language is not English and do not possess a U.S. bachelor's degree are expected to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and have the results sent to Graduate Admissions, Office of the University Registrar.

The deadline for submission of applications for admission and for financial aid is January 11, 2022. Admission is normally granted for Autumn quarter, requests for exceptions are considered in exceptional circumstances.

The successful applicant generally demonstrates the following strengths: requisite foreign language study, significant coursework in Russian, East European and Eurasian studies in multiple disciplines, outstanding grades in previous academic work, strong analytical writing skills, study or work experience in the region, strong letters of recommendation from faculty members in the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies field (one letter may be from a language instructor), and a persuasive statement of purpose explaining how the program would advance the applicant's academic and career goals.

Coterminal Master's Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

To qualify for a coterminal M.A. degree in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, besides completing University requirements for the B.A. degree, a student must:

  • Submit the Coterminal Online Application for admission to the program by the CREEES M.A. admission deadline.

  • Include in the application a proposal which outlines, by quarter, the schedule of courses the student plans to complete toward the M.A. degree. The student should seek the advice of the CREEES associate director in drafting this schedule. The application also should include:

  • a current Stanford transcript

  • a one-page statement of purpose

  • three letters of recommendation from Stanford faculty (one may be from a language instructor)

  • a writing sample of 20 pages or less in English on an academic topic in Russian, East European, or Eurasian Studies

  • Applicants must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (B)

  • Complete 15 full-time quarters or the equivalent, or three quarters in full-time residence after completing 180 units; and complete, in addition to the 180 units required for the bachelor's degree, a minimum of 48 units for the master's degree.

University Coterminal Requirements

Coterminal master’s degree candidates are expected to complete all master’s degree requirements as described in this bulletin. University requirements for the coterminal master’s degree are described in the “Coterminal Master’s Program” section. University requirements for the master’s degree are described in the "Graduate Degrees" section of this bulletin.

After accepting admission to this coterminal master’s degree program, students may request transfer of courses from the undergraduate to the graduate career to satisfy requirements for the master’s degree. Transfer of courses to the graduate career requires review and approval of both the undergraduate and graduate programs on a case by case basis.

In this master’s program, courses taken three quarters prior to the first graduate quarter, or later, are eligible for consideration for transfer to the graduate career. No courses taken prior to the first quarter of the sophomore year may be used to meet master’s degree requirements.

Course transfers are not possible after the bachelor’s degree has been conferred.

The University requires that the graduate advisor be assigned in the student’s first graduate quarter even though the undergraduate career may still be open. The University also requires that the Master’s Degree Program Proposal be completed by the student and approved by the department by the end of the student’s first graduate quarter.

Joint Degree Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

The joint degree program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and Law allows students to pursue the M.A. degree in REEES concurrently with the Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degree, with a significant number of courses that may apply to both degrees. It is designed to train students interested in a career in teaching, research, or the practice of law related to REEES legal affairs. Students must apply separately to the REEES M.A. program and to the Stanford School of Law and be accepted by both. Completing this combined course of study requires approximately four academic years, depending on the student's background and level of language training. For more information, see the Joint Degree Programs section of this bulletin and the Stanford Law School's website. Students who have been accepted by both programs should consult with the departments to determine which courses can be double-counted. 

Financial Aid

CREEES offers a number of full- and partial-tuition scholarships to incoming CREEES M.A. students. These awards are made for one year of full-time study on the basis of merit. All applicants to the CREEES M.A. program automatically are considered for a tuition award, and successful applicants are notified of their aid awards simultaneously with their admissions offers.

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program awards full funding to pursue graduate education at Stanford to students from all disciplines, with additional opportunities for leadership training and collaboration across fields. For more information please visit Knight-Hennessy Scholars program website

Graduate Advising Expectations

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies is committed to providing academic advising in support of graduate student scholarly and professional development. When most effective, this advising relationship entails collaborative and sustained engagement by both the adviser and the advisee. As a best practice, advising expectations should be periodically discussed and reviewed to ensure mutual understanding. Both the adviser and the advisee are expected to maintain professionalism and integrity.

Faculty advisers guide students in key areas such as selecting courses, designing and conducting research, developing of teaching pedagogy, navigating policies and degree requirements, and exploring academic opportunities and professional pathways.

Graduate students are active contributors to the advising relationship, proactively seeking academic and professional guidance and taking responsibility for informing themselves of policies and degree requirements for their graduate program.

For a statement of University policy on graduate advising, see the Graduate Advising section of this bulletin.


Director of the Center: Amir Weiner

Associate Director: Jovana Knezevic

Director of Graduate Studies: Amir Weiner

Affiliated Faculty and Staff:

Anthropology:  Ewa Domanska (visiting)

Art and Art History: Srdan Keca, Pavle Levi, Karla Oeler, Bissera Pentcheva

Comparative Literature: Burcu Karahan

Education, School of: Martin Carnoy

Engineering, School of: Margaret Brandeau, Siegfried Hecker, William Perry (emeritus)

English:  Nancy Ruttenburg

Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies: Coit Blacker, Christophe Crombez, Gail Lapidus (emerita), Kathryn Stoner

Graduate School of Business: llya Strebulaev

History: Robert Crews, Terence Emmons (emeritus), David Holloway (emeritus), Katherine Jolluck, Nancy Kollmann, Norman Naimark, Aron Rodrigue, Amir Weiner, Ali Yaycioglu, Steven Zipperstein

Hoover Institute: Elena Danielson (emerita), John Dunlop (emeritus), Timothy Garton Ash, Paul Gregory,  Bertrand Patenaude, Anatol Shmelev, Maciej Siekierski

International Policy Studies: Eric Morris

International Relations: Robert Rakove

Language Center: Jara Dusatko, Rima Greenhill, Lessia Jarboe, Leelo Kask, Eugenia Khassina, Suzan Negip Schatt, Bisera Rakicevic, Eva Soos Szoke, Gerardina Malgorzata Szudelski

Law, School of: Allen Weiner

Linguistics: Boris Harizanov, Vera Gribanov

Medicine, School of:  Grant Miller, Douglas Owens 

Political Science:  Anna Grzymala-Busse, David Holloway (emeritus), David Laitin, Michael McFaul

Psychology: Lera Boroditsky

Slavic Languages and Literatures: Lazar Fleishman, Gregory Freidin (emeritus), Monika Greenleaf, Yuliya Ilchuk, Gabriella Safran, Richard Schupbach (emeritus), Nariman Skakov

Sociology: Nancy Tuma (emerita), 

Stanford Libraries: Zachary Baker (emeritus), Liisi Esse, John Eilts, Margarita Nafpaktitis, Karen Rondestvedt (emerita), Wojciech Zalewski (emeritus)

Theater and Performance Studies: Branislav Jakovljevic